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Sunday, May 17, 2009

No finger painting for the tactile defensive child

Hosted by "Tracy" at "Mother May I," but the photo-picture below will whizz you right there with one click.

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If you are with a child that abhors tools such as painting brushes and crayons, someone who MUST remain clean or the OCD will kick in then this is an ideal activity for their suppressed creativity.

All you need is a high sided tray or old cardboard box. Tape a clean sheet of paper to the bottom. Provide shallow dishes of preferred colour paint. Guide the child to plop a marble in the paint, swirl it around gently and then transfer the marble to the paper lined box. If you don't have the right sized / easily manipulable tweezers or tongs to transfer the soggy marble, help out with a teaspoon. The transfer is the challenge for us but once that marble hits the paper then the fun takes over.

This is also a good exercise for eye tracking, balance, challenging the mid-line or it won't roll and all that other good stuff.


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